Female entrepreneurship thrives in Poland

Polish women have become leaders in female entrepreneurship around Europe. With one-third of the companies in Poland founded and led by a woman, our country is among the best countries for women to start and develop  businesses. In research conducted by Grant Thornton International it is presented that women constitute 37% of all managerial positions in Poland, which compared to Germany or Japan (14 and 8 perc. respectively), are a positive shift.

Reason for that? Poland is growing successfully in a free market economy. Additionally, Polish women had to become self-sufficient, in order to suceed during our’s country most difficult years. According to the Alicia Patterson Foundation, “women not only held down fulltime jobs but also handled virtually all the domestic duties in the era of shortages and few labor-saving devices.”


  • Women have a high participation in politics in Poland. When considering managers and professionals in the central government, Poland has the second-highest share of women working in central government (69%), significantly above the OECD average of 53%. This also applies to senior management positions, as Poland is one of the very few countries that reach gender parity for senior managers, with a score of 51%. On average, women occupy 33% of senior civil service positions in OECD countries.(1)

  • Individual countries with the highest proportion of senior roles held by women are Russia (47%), Indonesia (46%), Estonia (40%), Poland (40%) and Philippines (40%). The countries with the lowest proportion of senior roles held by women are Japan (7%), Argentina (15%), India (17%), Germany (18%), Brazil (19%) and the United Kingdom (19%). (2)
  • Women account for 85 percent of consumer purchases and control $20 trillion in worldwide spending.
  • Poland was ranked 8th in the Global Women Entrepreneur Leaders Scorecard (GWEL) sponsored by DELL, ahead of countries such as Spain and Japan. No other CEE country was listed in the ranking. USA was the leader of this year’s GWEL, followed by Canada, Australia, Sweden, the UK, France, Germany and Poland. Poland performed the best in the potential entrepreneur leaders category (3rd place; high scores are given to countries where higher percentages of women who start businesses are college educated, growth-oriented and market-expanding) . (3)
  • According to data from the National Court, collected by the Center for Economic Information (COIG), in the last year, over 120,000 woman were brought into businesses. Additionally, the 40 percent of Polish ladies were responsible for registering new companies and 27 percent of woman became board members newly registered businesses. The amount of woman actively involved in Polish businesses is impressive when compared to other countries. In a study conducted by Grant Thornton, among CEOs of large and medium-sized companies worldwide, only in mainland China is the share of women in management proportionately larger than that of woman in Poland. (4)



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